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  1. White Sox sign Orlando Hudson, put Brent Morel on DL

    May 22, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Orlando Hudson Reuters

    UPDATE: Chicago just announced the Hudson signing and, as expected, placed Morel on the disabled list. ========== It’s not official yet, but manager Robin Ventura confirmed what Peter Gammons of MLB.com reported over the weekend: Orlando Hudson is signing with the White Sox after being released by the Padres. And not only that, with third…

  2. Must-click link: R.A. Dickey on “Bullseye” with Jesse Thorn

    May 22, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    I subscribe to nearly 50 podcasts (seriously) and Jesse Thorn is personally responsible for two of my favorites and partially responsible for several other must-listen shows on his Maximum Fun network. One of his podcasts is a long-form interview show called “Bullseye” and this week’s guest is none other than Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who…

  3. Nationals activate Chien-Ming Wang, place Ryan Mattheus on disabled list

    May 22, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang

    After missing the first six weeks of the season with a hamstring injury Chien-Ming Wang will come off the disabled list tonight, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. Wang volunteered for relief duty if the Nationals felt he was a better fit there and indeed they’ve opted to stick with Ross Detwiler as their fifth…

  4. Matt Kemp expects to come off DL when eligible on May 29

    May 22, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Matt Kemp described his injured hamstring as being 85 percent healed and told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that he expects to return from the disabled list when eligible on May 29. Before that happens he’ll need to avoid a setback while on a brief minor-league rehab assignment, which likely won’t begin until next weekend. And…

  5. The Tigers and Orioles have women keeping the grounds

    May 22, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

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    I hate that headline for a couple of reasons. “Keeping the grounds” is dumb and clunky, but I can’t get my brain to be OK with the plural of “groundskeeper.”  “Groundskeepers” is probably right, but it really is causing me problems. The other part of that headline I hate is that simply noting the fact…

  6. No team with a top-five payroll has a winning record and four are in last place

    May 22, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    This obviously isn’t going to last all season, but right now it’s pretty damn startling to look at the standings and see that the five teams with the highest payrolls in MLB are all .500 or worse and four of them are currently in last place. New York leads MLB with a $198 million payroll,…

  7. Jimmy Rollins is placed on paternity leave

    May 22, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    Jimmy Rollins is a daddy now. His wife gave birth to their first baby on Sunday. Congrats, Jimmy! And say goodbye to sleeping late, ever. On the bright side, when your daughter is eight years-old she will constantly tell you how lame you are and ask you what life was like in “the olden days.”…

  8. Sergio Santos likely “out for at least the next three weeks”

    May 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    It’s been nearly three weeks since Sergio Santos guessed that he was about two weeks from coming off the disabled list, but the Blue Jays’ closer hasn’t made a ton of progress with his shoulder injury since then. In fact, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Santos has yet to throw off a mound and…

  9. Bryce Harper: Philly has “a great fan base”

    May 22, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper AP

    Man, sometimes it’s like people don’t want to throw chum in the water and make life easy for hater bloggers like me. From Brookover’s latest: Harper also showed some reverence toward the city and also displayed a keen sense of Philadelphia’s sports history by naming some old-time stars. He named this city as one of…

  10. Red Sox calling up Scott Podsednik from Triple-A

    May 22, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Cody Ross became the sixth Red Sox outfielder on the disabled list when he was diagnosed with a broken bone in his left foot yesterday and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Boston is calling up Scott Podsednik from Triple-A. Podsednik failed to beat out Juan Pierre for a spot on the Phillies’ bench…

  11. Reds fan catches back-to-back homers

    May 22, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Why, this is improbable. Reds fan Caleb Lloyd caught two home run balls last night. On back-to-back homers: The 20-year-old junior from Thomas More College was in left field when Reds pitcher Mike Leake hit his first career homer in the fourth inning. The ball went directly to Lloyd, who had never caught a ball at a…

  12. Twins drop Jason Marquis seven starts into $3 million deal

    May 22, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jason Marquis

    Sunday on “Gleeman and The Geek” we talked about Jason Marquis‘ latest clunker of a start and how much longer the Twins could possibly stick with him in the rotation. It didn’t take long for an answer, as the Twins designated Marquis for assignment seven starts into a $3 million deal given to the 33-year-old…

  13. David Ortiz doesn’t give a [expletive] about what you think makes a leader

    May 22, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    David Ortiz has, what I think anyway, is some righteous anger. It came out last night after the Sox beat the Orioles, and it came in response to reports that he called a closed-door meeting a couple of weeks ago in which the hitters yelled at the pitchers. Since that meeting, by the way, the…

  14. Jeff Keppinger was minding his business in the dugout …

    May 22, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jeff Keppinger

    Jeff Keppinger had done a nice job stepping into a bigger role in the Rays’ infield following Evan Longoria‘s hamstring injury, hitting .295 with a .728 OPS in 29 games, but now he’s joined Longoria on the disabled list. Keppinger has a broken right big toe, which happened when he was sitting in the dugout…

  15. Giancarlo Stanton murdered a baseball and broke a scoreboard

    May 22, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Stanton home run

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but this is worth its own post: Giancarlo Stanton’s homer off Jamie Moyer last night was something to behold.  For a couple of reasons. First, it was a freaking shotgun blast. It left the bat at 122.4 miles per hour according to ESPN’s home run stats thingy. That’s the…

  16. The Nationals may go with a closer by committee

    May 22, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Washington Nationals

    Henry Rodriguez continues to not get it done as the Nationals closer. Last night he came into the game to lock down a 2-0 lead in the ninth. Then he walked a guy, gave up a single and uncorked two wild pitches. The dude he walked came around to score and Sean Burnett had to,…

  17. “What would George Steinbrenner do?” What a ridiculous question

    May 22, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    George Steinbrenner AP

    There’s no sense in sugarcoating it. The Yankees are playing terrible baseball right now. They have lost seven of ten and the offense is in the crapper. Of course it’s early yet, and unless you believe that the Orioles are going to continue to win one-run games all the time and put up big offensive…

  18. The Old Gator Interview

    May 22, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

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    If you’ve been around here a while, you may have observed that our friend and Commenter Emeritus Old Gator has a few opinions.  Well, you’re not the only one. Sarah Bunting of Tomato Nation noticed too, and interviewed OG. He obviously talks about the Marlins, but he also talks about New York things, a chance…

  19. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 22, 2012, 6:10 AM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    Marlins 7, Rockies 4: Jamie Moyer pitched in his 50th different major league park. But he may have given up his longest most hellacious homer ever. Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam that went 438 feet in basically a straight line and broke the friggin’ scoreboard. Roy Hobbs stuff, there. Gave the Marlins the lead and,…

  20. Aroldis Chapman arrested in Ohio for driving 93 mph on suspended license

    May 21, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman mugshot

    One day after officially being named the Reds’ closer, Aroldis Chapman is in some hot water. According to NBC affiliate WLTW, Chapman was arrested in Ohio early Monday morning after speeding while driving with a suspended license. Chapman was pulled over after being clocked at 93 mph in his 2010 Mercedes S63. That probably doesn’t…

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